Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh member Manohar Lal Khattar is elected as Haryana’s new Chief Minister on Tuesday after the historic victory of BJP in Haryana polls.
Khattar, being a BJP leader, who won from the Karnal seat for the Haryana polls this year, is the first non-Jat Chief Minister of Haryana in 18 years. He was a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader. Khattar joined in RSS in 1977 and was a full time worker in the party for 14 years. He joined in BJP in 1994. He has been the Organisational General Secretary of Haryana from 2000 to 2014. Also being a member in the National Executive Committee, he was the Chairman of BJP’s Haryana Election Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha Election.
However, 60-year-old Khattar has no prior administrative experience. Khattar is said to be close with Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
The meeting was attended by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and party vice president Dinesh Sharma, who were appointed as observers by the BJP’s Parliamentary Board for deciding the name of Haryana Chief Minister.
BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and senior party leader Jagdish Mukhi have reportedly invited Khattar to take part in the discussions on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, when Khattar was asked about the chance of being CM, he has said, “BJP parliamentary board is supreme. Whatever they decide will be accepted by everyone. Our ideology clearly says that we do not believe in caste. All the political parties, except the BJP, have devided Haryana among the castes.”
According to reports, the opinion of all the legislators was taken before finalising Khattar for the top job.
With heavy voter turnout in the assembly elections, Haryana had touched a record of 75.90 per cent of the state’s 1.63 crore electorate exercising their franchise. The voting percentage was the highest ever in any assembly elections since Haryana became a state in 1966.